I have long held the belief and practice that keeping healthy during difficult times like deployment is the best way to manage stress. Exercise and fitness was one way I was able to manage stress while my son was deployed and my husband was away in training. That year, in particular, I learned the benefits of regular exercise and a focus on health and wellness. It gave me the upper hand in dealing with intense stress.
Below are a few pointers from what I learned during that time. These are life lessons that I carry with me to this day.
Now that almost 15 percent of the active duty troops are female, the VA is facing a handful of challenges. Not all of these concerns have to do with women’s care after they leave the service, in fact there have been rising reports of concerns about active duty medical care for women. As a result, the Department of Defense has also begun to address some of the active duty women’s concerns.
Here’s a look at some of these concerns and what the federal entities are doing to try to accommodate women’s needs. See More
Everyone has their fears, even in the military. While the expectation may be to remain solid and strong, fear is a natural phenomenon and can actually be beneficial to our health. It’s when that fear causes you to become scared that it can become a detriment. Having fear and being scared are often considered the same thing, but there is a subtle difference.
Fear is about the emotion surrounding danger, pain or whatever else. Being scared is a sudden moment of alarm or worry, often without reason. When fear is left to simmer, it leads to being scared, which can result in debilitation and missed opportunities. But there’s no need to worry (or fear, at least in this instance). There are ways to address your fears without becoming scared.
Here’s 6 steps to face your fears and not become scared. See More